Rancale sits in the tranquil Upper Tiber Valley of Umbria, justifiably famed for its agricultural produce from the fertile soil, and within easy reach of several of the world’s most sought after destinations. Florence, Rome, Sienna and Assisi are easily reached for day visits, and there are many other medieval towns and villages to explore. Rancale is very close to the border with Tuscany and about 40 minutes’ from Lake Trasimeno, Italy’s third largest lake.
Rancale is a hamlet of just eight properties sitting in their own grounds, with a large swimming pool and a tennis court. It offers peace and relaxation in unspoilt countryside yet all the facilities you may require are nearby. It is tranquil but not in any sense remote. Restaurants are plentiful, with upwards of 30 to choose from within a 20 minute drive, and the nearest shops and supermarket are in the village of Pierantonio just 5 minutes’ away.
The properties at Rancale were at one time part of a working farm, with stables, bakery, mill and tobacco drying towers. The completed renovation won the prestigious international property award for Best Redevelopment Italy 2008.
Rancale is 10 minutes from the busy market town of Umbertide, which has a weekly market on a Wednesday and has the beautiful River Tiber running slowly through its centre. Rancale is just 20 minutes easy drive from Perugia International Airport. Currently, flights with Ryanair from London Stansted operate on five days each week during the late spring and summer season, and four days a week otherwise. There is significant expansion of the airport underway to increase the international connections to Perugia. The airports at Rome and Bologna are a little over 2 hours’ drive from Rancale and Pisa airport offers further options.
There are many beautiful medieval towns close to Rancale including Citta di Castello, Montone and Cortona. With beautiful green hillsides, the villages and towns balanced into the hillsides comprise a mix of hidden backstreets, stunning historic buildings and gems of shops to find.
Perugia is just 20 minutes from Rancale – situated on top of a hill with tunnels carved up through the rocky mountainside where you enter the town into a square with imposing tall buildings. Beautiful architecture vies with the chic culture which comes from the accolade of ‘European Capital of Culture’. One of the three major global jazz festivals takes place here each year and the world-famous chocolate festival is held in October each year when thousands of people flock to Perugia for this occasion. Perugia is alive with cultural events, shops, restaurants and of course many wonderful buildings.
There is a superb selection of restaurants within a 20 minute radius that all offer freshly cooked food – typically Italians tend to eat quite late, but they are open from around 7.30 pm. Using fresh ingredients and offering wide variety, the food is outstanding, and of course, they all offer local wine which you will never find outside the immediate area. Service is provided with a smile, with the friendliness and warmth you would expect from the Italians. We provide a list of local restaurants which we can recommend.
5 minutes away from Rancale, set amongst steep hills and beside a medieval castle, is the Trent-Jones designed golf course at Antognolla (www.antognolla.it) which offers attractive green fees and provides a technically challenging 18-hole experience. There is a Pro shop on site where you are able to hire clubs, and a restaurant and bar in the club house which is open for lunch and dinner offering amazing views over the golf course.
Lake Trasimeno, Italy’s third largest lake, offers alternative activities in a beautiful setting, including boat trips to the islands on the lake. And be sure to visit the local markets, find the local olive oil in the nearby Niccone Valley and, of course, sample the excellent local wine!!
As of 2012 we have chosen not to rent our properties to families with children, this is to maintain the tranquillity of Rancale.